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Therapeutic Relationships in Nursing - Single module

Level 7 (30 credits)

School - School of Health and Society

Subject area - Nursing

Start Date(s): January


15 weeks

Fees 2018-19:

2019-20 fees will be displayed shortly.

Part-time - £1,260 per 30 credit module

In Brief:

  • A unique module delivered by staff who are experts in their field
  • Designed to meet the needs of practitioners involved in delivering exceptional standards of comprehensive care
  • Learn via unique simulated practice
  • A part-time only course

Course Summary

The Therapeutic Relationships in Nursing module will help you in developing as a flexible and pro-active practitioner who is able to integrate evidence based theory and research practice in order to meet the immediate and on-going care needs of patients across the life-span.

This course is specifically designed to meet the needs of practitioners who are involved in delivering exceptional standards of comprehensive care in any clinical setting and considers the impact of relationships of care both historically and contemporaneously.

Entry Requirements

For this Level 7 qualification, you will need to have evidence of study at Level 6.

Accreditation for Prior Experiential Learning (APEL)

We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.

Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

English Language Requirements

International students must provide evidence of proficiency in English - IELTS 6.5 (no element below 5.5) band score or above are proof of this. If your current English language qualification is below this level, you may be able to take one of the many pre-sessional English courses.

Suitable For

All nurses working in services that delivery care at any stage of the life span.

Fees 2019-20

Fees for entry in 2019 will be displayed shortly.

Fees 2018-19

Type of StudyFee
Part-time£1,260 per 30 credit module

All applications for post qualifying heath and social care modules are made directly to the University, please complete the appropriate application form and send to the University.


A range of teaching and learning activities will support the development of knowledge and skill acquisition. These may include:

  • Lectures
  • Directed learning
  • Distance learning
  • Simulated nursing practice


Assessment of the course is:

Level 7: Case study assignment

Postgraduate Staff Profile

Module Leader: Rob Kennedy

Rob is a children and young people's nurse and lecturer with over 20 years clinical experience. His main areas of interest are in supporting children and young people that have experienced major trauma, that require all types of critical care and psychosocial / functional rehabilitation. The continued growth and development of the child and their family, and the support of those with Autism is the focus of his research and PhD studies. Before training as a teacher, Rob worked in children’s HDU, ICU and Burns.


Career Prospects

This module can be taken as stand-alone module for continuing professional development, or as part of a MSC pathway. On completion of the module, you will poses an enhanced level of awareness regarding your impact upon therapeutic relationships when delivering care in a variety of situations. You will have a greater understanding of the impact of relationship building across the life course.


Our Clinical Practice Wards are located in the Mary Seacole Building on the second floor. There are four rooms designed to give the look and feel of a hospital environment. The rooms are furnished with patient's beds, lockers, chairs, sinks and curtains as well as audio-visual equipment, internet and a teaching area.

We also have a number of clinical skills rooms that enhance student learning from taking blood pressure, to giving CPR and more complicated procedures. Along with nursing skills rooms where you can practice in a ward situation, there are basic skills rooms for sessions such as moving and handling.


Patient Simulators

The patient simulation laboratory provides you with the opportunity to tackle real-life scenarios in a safe and supported environment. Set up like a hospital ward, the lab contains hi-tech patient simulators that can mimic everything from the common cold to a major heart condition.

The equipment includes:

  • Emergency Care Patient Simulators: Anatomically correct, feature-rich mannequins, which can be used for the physical demonstration of various clinical signs including bleeding, breathing, blinking eyes and convulsions.
  • iStan Patient Simulators: A step up from the ECS, the iStan adds an essential human element to patient simulation. It moves, breathes, can cry out or moan with pain, providing a realistic patient for you to practice on
  • Pedia Patient Simulator: A complete reproduction of a six-year-old child enabling you to practice paediatric scenarios
  • Baby simulator: This mannequin makes it possible to interact with our most vulnerable patients - in a safe, realistic learning environment


All the simulation equipment can be linked up to some very hi-tech computer and audio-visual aids. Groups of students get to role-play a wide range of different scenarios, with a lab co-ordinator observing, running and intervening in the scenario remotely.

Sophisticated computer equipment can also provide detailed physiological information for each of the simulators under observation. The lab will help you develop the clinical skills you need but also the high level communication skills that will make a real difference to your patients.


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